Superintendents’ Spotlight: Russ Tilford, Lyon County

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Russ Tilford
Russ Tilford

The Lyon County school district is proud to be a Distinguished Kentucky district, ranking in the top 20 among all districts. As a small district of 900 students in three schools, Lyon County is excited to have one Proficient school and two Distinguished schools. The district recognizes that student success extends beyond accountability and strives to provide opportunities for development and growth of each individual student.

It is not enough to simply know students; Lyon County believes it must also understand students. Through professional learning communities, educators work to develop understanding of gap students as they strive to improve the academic performance of this important student group.

Lyon County is fortunate to take advantage of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers program to extend learning for many elementary students. Likewise, intervention grants allow more assistance in reading and mathematics for students as they improve their individual skills.

High expectations abound throughout the district, but none higher than our middle school that takes great pride in being a perennial Distinguished school. This year the high school made a stride forward moving to a Distinguished rating. This growth was achieved by focusing on the rigor and relevance of instruction and enhancing the effort in achieving college- and career-readiness.

The success of Lyon County’s schools is a source of pride in the district’s small community. As such, the support received from the community is second to none. The surrounding community, located along the shores of Lake Barkley, is home to many retirees as well as lifelong residents. Both contribute to enhance what Lyon County provides students. Students also are fortunate to have access to more than $3 million dollars in local scholarship endowments.

Lyon County has a proud tradition of excellence and is excited about the future our schools provide for students.

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